Posted: Aug 5, 2010 10:18 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Aug 6, 2010 1:04 AM
It was the suddenness of the loss that has left so many in here shocked and broken hearted. Last week, Jessica Dunovsky, 18 and her sister Lacey, 14 were riding with friend Abelina Gallegos on a gravel road near Penrose when their jeep rolled. None of them survived.
On Thursday, a funeral for the Dunovsky girls was held at the Evangelical Free Church in Canon City.
Their older brother Tony thanked hundreds of people who filled the sanctuary for their support.
"I love these girls dearly and I will miss them, I will miss them terribly," Dunovsky said.
Johnny Walker, a friend of the family said he always was impressed with how happy the girls were, and how mature they were in their faith. He told the congregation about a recent camping trip he'd taken as a spiritual journey and how surprised he was to have encountered both a bear and a mountain lion and yet survived without incident. When he returned he was emotionally overwhelmed when he learned that the Dunovsky children had been praying for him during his trip.
"I believe that every life has a purpose and I believe that Jessie and Lacey were sent here to make us better people," Walker said.
Jessie had recently been dating Kyle Bookout, a Military Police officer in the US Army. He joked of how Jessie like a man in uniform and a country boy. On a recent fishing trip the two had caught 37 trout Bookout said, and to demostrate his country credentials to Jessie he cleaned the fish by biting off their head.
"I love you two very much and I will always miss you and Jessie you'll always be the one to hold the key to my heart."
Lacy was close friend to many at Florence High School. Her friends Bree and Adrielle both described her as a warm and outgoing young woman.
"I'm going to miss our great times singing, being crazy and just being lacey, and Brianna and Lacey," Bree said.
Following the service, hundreds of helium balloons carrying handwritten personal messages to the girls were released.
A service for Abelina Gallegos will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 1435 Elm Avenue in Canon City.